Welcome to Topsail Adventures


Low-carbon adventure sailing holidays
aboard the Amelie Rose

Thank you for dropping by!

We have been providing low-carbon adventure holidays aboard the Amelie Rose since 2009, sailing all over the English Channel from the Solent to Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, and across to the Channel Islands and Brittany.

Our focus is on offering you exciting, safe, inspirational sailing adventures – regardless of your age, race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender/gender expression enabling you to enjoy living within nature, harnessing her power, and bringing you closer to the elements and your crewmates as a result.

I hope that you enjoy browsing our site and look forward to sailing with you soon,

Nic Beck
(Owner & Skipper – Topsail Adventures / Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose)

Topsail Adventures & COVID-19 - What are we doing about it?

Like everyone else we have been watching carefully the rapidly evolving situation with the Covid-19 pandemic. We are acutely aware of our duty of care for the people who come sailing with us and are resolved to follow closely the advice of the UK Government and the NHS in order to do our best to protect the health and well-being of our guests and crew.

Click here to find out more about what we’re doing about it.

Topsail Adventures & COVID-19 - What are we doing about it?

Like everyone else we have been watching carefully the rapidly evolving situation with the Covid-19 pandemic. We are acutely aware of our duty of care for the people who come sailing with us and are resolved to follow closely the advice of the UK Government and the NHS in order to do our best to protect the health and well-being of our guests and crew.

Click here to find out more about what we’re doing about it.

Click here to try out our Adventure Finder!

Select the adventure style or destination that you'd like to experience and then put a cross next to the dates that work for you. The Finder will (almost) instantly show you what matches on the schedule, and from there you're just steps away from booking your next adventure!

AR20-01 Traditional Taster Weekend

AR20-01 Traditional Taster Weekend
The first Traditional Taster of the year; a spring weekend spent exploring the bustling harbours and quiet anchorages of our home waters.
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Join:
17 April 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
19 April 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
2 days
Price:
£295 per person
Status:
Cancelled (COVID-19)

AR20-02 Traditional Taster Weekend

AR20-02 Traditional Taster Weekend
Enjoy a weekend sailing on a tradtional boat sampling the best that the Solent has to offer from our base on the Beautiful Beaulieu River
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Join:
24 April 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
26 April 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
2 days
Price:
£295 per person
Status:
Cancelled (COVID-19)

AR20-03 Traditional Taster Weekend

AR20-03 Traditional Taster Weekend
Get away from it all with a spring weekend sailing on a classic boat - exploring the bustling waters and havens of the Solent.
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Join:
01 May 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
03 May 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
2 days
Price:
£295 per person
Status:
Cancelled (COVID-19)

AR20-04 Bank Holiday Trad Taster

AR20-04 Bank Holiday Trad Taster
Enjoy the VE Day celebrations with a bank holiday Solent cruise aboard Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose.
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Join:
07 May 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
10 May 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
3 days
Price:
£395 per person
Status:
Cancelled (COVID-19)

AR20-05 Solent to Falmouth Milebuilder

AR20-05 Solent to Falmouth Milebuilder
A coastal voyage from the Solent, sail along the beautiful Jurassic Coast to Falmouth Harbour in the heart of Cornwall
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Join:
12 May 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
17 May 2020, 1100hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
5 days
Price:
£595 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-06 St Mawes Pilot Cutter Review

AR20-06 St Mawes Pilot Cutter Review
Our favourite annual event - the pilot cutter tribe assemble in Cornwall for a long weekend of racing and shore-side fun.
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Join:
20 May 2020, 1600hrs, St Mawes
Leave:
25 May 2020, 1100hrs, St Mawes
Duration:
5 days
Price:
£695 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-07 Isles of Scilly Summer Cruise

Amelie Rose lies at anchor in Tean Sound, Isles of Scilly
Sail West from Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly - clear blue waters & white sandy beaches abound in this sun-kissed haven.
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Join:
30 May 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
07 June 2020, 1100hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
8 days
Price:
£995 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-08 Cornwall-Guernsey Milebuilder

AR20-08 Cornwall-Guernsey Milebuilder
Head beyond sight of land as we sail across the English Channel from Cornwall to St Peter Port in the Channel Islands.
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Join:
11 June 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
15 June 2020, 0800hrs, St Peter Port
Duration:
3 days
Price:
£245 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-10 Guernsey to Falmouth Milebuilder

AR20-10 Guernsey to Falmouth Milebuilder
Sail beyond the far horizon as we head across the English Channel from St Peter Port in the Channel Islands to Cornwall.
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Join:
26 June 2020, 2000hrs, St Peter Port
Leave:
30 June 2020, 0900hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
3 days
Price:
£245 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-11 Brest & Dz Festival Combo

AR20-11 Brest & Dz Festival Combo
Brest International Maritime Festival & Temps Fete Douarnenez 2020 are the best trad boat events - join us for *all* of the action!
Find out more >
Join:
05 July 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
23 July 2020, 1100hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
18 days
Price:
£2,250 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-11A Brest Festival Dash

AR20-11A Brest Festival Dash
A quick dash across to the Brest International Maritime Festival for a taster from this behemoth of festivals!
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Join:
05 July 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
12 July 2020, 1100hrs, Brest
Duration:
7 days
Price:
£995 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-11B Brest & Dz Festival Shorts

AR20-11B Brest & Dz Festival Shorts
Join us for a bit of the Brest Festival & all of Temps Fete Douarnenez 2020 in this "festival shorts" trip!
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Join:
12 July 2020, 1600hrs, Brest
Leave:
23 July 2020, 1100hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
11 days
Price:
£1,495 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-12 Isles of Scilly Summer Cruise

Amelie Rose anchored in The Cove whilst on a sailing around the Isles of Scilly
Cruise westwards to the Scilly Isles - a timeless haven where clear blue waters & white sandy beaches abound in the summer sun.
Find out more >
Join:
01 August 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
09 August 2020, 1100hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
8 days
Price:
£995 per person
Status:
Full

AR20-13 Isles of Scilly Summer Cruise

AR20-13 Isles of Scilly Summer Cruise
Sail to the Scillies aboard the Amelie Rose. Clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, wildlife galore - a slice of paradise in the summer sun.
Find out more >
Join:
15 August 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
23 August 2020, 1100hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
8 days
Price:
£995 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-14 Jurassic Coastal Cruise

AR20-14 Jurassic Coastal Cruise
A coastal cruise from the heart of Cornwall along the stunning Jurassic Coastline to the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest
Find out more >
Join:
29 August 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
05 September 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
7 days
Price:
£795 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-15 Channel Islands Cruise

Amelie Rose at anchor in Dixcart Bay, Sark in the Channel Islands
Stunning scenery, challenging navigation, vibrant harbours and secluded anchorages make a Channel Islands Adventure Cruise a big favourite for Amelie Rose.
Find out more >
Join:
12 Sept 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
20 Sept 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
8 days
Price:
£895 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-17 Traditional Taster Weekend

AR20-17 Traditional Taster Weekend
Experience a gaff-rig sailing adventure aboard the Amelie Rose. Sail a 24 ton gaffer and explore the bustling waters and havens of the Solent.
Find out more >
Join:
25 September 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
27 September 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
2 days
Price:
£295 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-18 Traditional Taster Weekend

AR20-18 Traditional Taster Weekend
Last chance to sail aboard the Amelie Rose in 2020! Join us for our final Traditional Taster weekend around our native Solent waters
Find out more >
Join:
02 October 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
04 October 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
2 days
Price:
£295 per person
Status:
Available

Sail

There are many ways to enjoy a low-carbon adventure aboard the Amelie Rose; join us for a Traditional Taster Weekend, set sail on a longer Adventure Cruise, be part of the action at a Festival or Special Event or polish your sailing skills on a Training Course or Milebuilder Voyage

Learn

From belaying pins to topmasts, bowsprits to gun-tackles; traditional boats are awash with terms unfamiliar to the modern sailor.

Learn gaff rig sailing skills on any of our adventures, or join us for a training course or mile-builder voyage to experience prefessional quality training on the prettiest school boat in the Channel

Enjoy

No sailing experience is required and you can come on your own or share the adventure with friends, We have trips ranging in length from two days to over a fortnight and you can even book the whole boat for a very special custom celebration.

Topsail Adventures - Home of Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose

We provide hands on adventure holidays and sail training aboard the Amelie Rose, (star of ITV’s Hungry Sailors).

Since 2009 we’ve been sailing around the English Channel from the Solent to the Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands and Brittany introducing guest crews and RYA trainees to our wonderful world…

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Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose

Launched in 2009, Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose is a replica 19th Century Isles of Scilly Pilot Cutter.

Commissioned by us in 2006 she is custom designed for charter work and was built in Cornwall by Luke Powell of Working Sail.

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Featured Adventures

AR20-02 Traditional Taster Weekend

AR20-02 Traditional Taster Weekend
Enjoy a weekend sailing on a tradtional boat sampling the best that the Solent has to offer from our base on the Beautiful Beaulieu River
Find out more >
Join:
24 April 2020, 1900hrs, Beaulieu
Leave:
26 April 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
2 days
Price:
£295 per person
Status:
Cancelled (COVID-19)

AR20-11 Brest & Dz Festival Combo

AR20-11 Brest & Dz Festival Combo
Brest International Maritime Festival & Temps Fete Douarnenez 2020 are the best trad boat events - join us for *all* of the action!
Find out more >
Join:
05 July 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
23 July 2020, 1100hrs, Falmouth
Duration:
18 days
Price:
£2,250 per person
Status:
Available

AR20-14 Jurassic Coastal Cruise

AR20-14 Jurassic Coastal Cruise
A coastal cruise from the heart of Cornwall along the stunning Jurassic Coastline to the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest
Find out more >
Join:
29 August 2020, 1900hrs, Falmouth
Leave:
05 September 2020, 1700hrs, Beaulieu
Duration:
7 days
Price:
£795 per person
Status:
Available

Special Offers

Discounted Adventures

Discounted Adventures
All of our currently discounted adventures on one handy page - a one stop shop for thrifty traditional sailing adventurers! Read More

Referral Bonus Scheme

Referral Bonus Scheme
Refer your friends to Topsail Adventures and get money off your next trip - they have a great time and so does your wallet! Read More

Standby Specials Club

Standby Specials Club
Want to come sailing on the Amelie Rose but don't quite have enough pennies saved? Join our Standby Specials Club! Read More

Recent Articles from the "Topsail Tattler"

All our latest news and stories; from the skipper’s rants to new trips and special offers. Everything that’s happening in the world of Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose
15th March 2020

Message from Nic Beck – owner/skipper of the Amelie Rose:

I have no higher priority than the health and well-being of our guests, crews, and their friends and families – especially those who are in COVID-19 high-risk groups. I am also keen to ensure that people who have booked aboard the Amelie Rose for our 2020 season do not lose out financially from any actions I take in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind I have today released this update to our COVID-19 response policy…

21st February 2020

White sandy beaches and gently waving palm trees - all set against a rolling ocean. Are we cruising around the Med, holidaying in the Canaries or cast away on a Caribbean island? No! We’re much closer to home in the wonderful Isles of Scilly. Loved and feared in almost equal measure by sailors throughout history, what is it that makes the islands such a wonderful (but nerve-wracking) sailing destination?

20th February 2020

That time has rolled around again. The time that we set off South from Falmouth to enter a world that time forgot. The time that we step back into a history when traditional sail ruled the waves and when sailors home from the sea would gather to drink good beer, sing great songs and tell tall tales. Skipper Nic spills the beans on the 10 things that drag them back to the Brest Maritime Festival and Douarnenez Temps Fete double-header time and time again…

18th February 2020

One of the first recipes that we tried out when we started to introduce more plant-based meals to Amelie Rose’s galley, this fabulous vegetarian bolognaise sauce has become a firm favourite with all our crews. Easily upgradable to fully vegan with the replacement of the cheese and cream with plant-based options it has a real depth of flavour and is surprisingly quick to knock up.

14th February 2020

In the last article we looked at ways to get our boats heading backwards without offering too much entertainment to the harbour-side gawkers. However, the vast majority of us are going to feel far happier when we’ve got our little ships heading the “right” way once more. This time, as our series on close quarters boat handling under engine continues, the Skipper tackles turning around.

5th February 2020

Lunches under-way are always a bit of a conundrum; ideally they need to be hot on a cold day, cold on a hot day, tasty on any day but also hand-held and not too tricky to put together in a galley that persists in moving around. Our Houmous, Halloumi and Chilli Wraps are just the ticket - and can be prepared in advance if you want them cold or slapped together with halloumi hot from the pan if the crew look in need of a handwarmer or two...

29th January 2020

Ex-guest and (still) friend of Amelie Rose, John Huber, recounts his experience of joining us for our now infamous (in the Skipper's mind anyway) voyage to the Brest Maritime festival in 2012. The preceeding three days of strong winds and big seas made our blue skies and gentle beam reach down the Chanel du Four all the sweeter it appears, and the run to Douarnenez was the cherry on the cake...

29th January 2020

In the last Skills School we discussed ways to extract ourselves from our alongside berth without undue drama. But still we’ve got to work our way out to the fairway buoy before we can stow our fenders with confidence. Continuing our series on handling long-keel boats under engine, let us begin to look at some techniques that will see us out to sea with the minimum of fuss, beginning with that nemesis of all long-keel boat skippers; reversing.

24th January 2020

Sustainability has been at the heart of Topsail Adventures since we started the company back in 2006 but as the years have gone by and the climate crisis has deepened, we’ve learned more about what actions we can take in order to further protect our fragile planet. As Natural England and the Environment Agency warn that 2020 is the “last chance” to bring the world together to tackle climate change we have decided to review and re-publish our sustainability policy and seek out suggestions as to how we can do more.

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Phone: +44 (0)800 773 4264

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Post: Amelie Rose, Harbour Office, Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour, Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK. SO42 7XB.

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